Update + Cover Art OM NOMs
It’s been a while again, and I wanted to give an update. 🙂 While no new writing has been occurring for me (so sad!), I’ve been super busy trying to get a lot of other things underway. Number one on that list is, of course, RainbowCon 2014! You’ve probably already heard about this, so I won’t chat your ear off about it, but RainbowCon is a conference I’m putting together with my fellow SMP founders to get a bunch of QUILTBAG authors, artists, and publishers together to celebrate diversity and chat about a range of topics in our genre.
If you’re curious, please feel free to check out the website, which I linked above, or–in the event you know you can’t attend next April down here in Tampa, Florida–take a look at the IndieGoGo campaign that we have going. You can still donate to support the conference, and we have some nice perks for the lower levels that don’t necessitate attendance. ^_- Any support is totally welcome, and we appreciate any contributions. It’s going to be an amazing conference, and we want to ensure that it happens year after year! Celebrate artistic diversity with us!
In personal news, the spa that I currently work for might be closing down in the next week, but there may be a buyer in the form of the personal trainer who runs the gym space right next door. If he ends up purchasing our space, he’ll be converting it to more of a health spa rather than a day spa, which means massage is in the forefront. It might mean expanding my clientele to include more athletes, which I wouldn’t mind at all, but I want to ensure that those who come to me simply for massage don’t feel pressured to join the gym. Appearance and weight are not adequate indicators of health, and I don’t want my massage space to become a place my clients feel judged. So… there may be dialogue between me and the trainer next door, since I would be helping him convert the space and run the massage business alongside his gym. There’s potential, so we’ll see where that goes. If nothing happens and the spa does end up folding completely, it means back to corporate massage work for me, which would be a downer. Here’s hoping he’s open to my suggestions and sees the potential that I do!
In the specifically Storm Moon Press realm of work, I’ve been very busy catching up on review requests (with all our single releases, I’d fallen a bit behind XD) and putting together the print versions for some of our recent releases, including anthologies like Dark Menagerie and Forgotten Menagerie along with M.A. Church’s new novel, The Harvest: Taken, which is already a bestseller on Amazon, All Romance eBooks, and Bookstrand. Hell yeah, M.A.! 😀
And since I can’t shut up about the books I’m working on (though not writing for ^_-), here are the basic blurbs for each along with their amazing cover art. I’ll likely have more content soon on the blog, but you get the pretties for now. Enjoy and remember to click to enlarge the cover art!
A shifter leads two lives: one as a human, and one as an animal. Sometimes these lives are intertwined, and sometimes they are not, but always the shifter has to find a way to reconcile one with the other. Dark Menagerie follows characters as they explore the darker side of what it means to have one foot in the animal world and one foot in the human world. Some struggle to keep the animal starkly separate from their lives as a human being, but for others, their shifting leads them to a darker corner of the mind where human and animal are nearly indistinguishable.
Authors: Arielle Pierce, Caitlin Ricci, Katya Harris, & Lor Rose
A shifter leads two lives: one as a human, and one as an animal. Sometimes these lives are intertwined, and sometimes they are not, but always the shifter has to find a way to reconcile one with the other. Forgotten Menagerie reminds us that not all shifters are werewolves or werecats, despite the preponderance of them in fiction. The stories in this anthology focus on shifters with animal forms other than canine and feline, building their own mythos for these non-traditional species.
Authors: Alex Whitehall, Angelia Sparrow, Avery Vanderlyle, Cari Z, & Kate Lowell
In the year 2050, humanity finds out they are indeed not alone.
Massive space ships appear without warning above the capital cities of all major nations. The planet Tah’Nar is dying. Chemical warfare has reduced the once-intersexed warrior race to sterility. They need fresh DNA in order to reproduce and have an idea for a harvesting program… and so they turn to Earth.
Earth governments negotiate a lottery, and Dale Michael assumes he’s safe since he’s under the Harvest age limit. How wrong he is. He’s illegally harvested and claimed by Tah’Narian starship captain Keyno Shou. From the moment Keyno sees Dale, he knows he must claim the spirited human male for his own. What he doesn’t expect is a spitfire with a mind of his own—and a deadly disease that will require a risky procedure to cure.